Inviting Discovery | Stories from 2016

Throughout the past year, everyone at Schlitz Audubon has worked to improve the ways we invite people to discover the natural world. Learn about how the generosity of our donors has helped us increase our value to the Milwaukee community.


Creating a Ripple Effect

malaikaNature provides children with some of their most profound formative experiences. From learning about shapes and colors through arranging fallen leaves, to exploring the tactile differences between angular rocks, smooth lake stones, and wet and dry sand, nature has many lessons to teach. But what about children who may not live near a park or nature center, or aren’t able to visit natural spaces on a regular basis? Read more

Improving Access at Mystery Lake

wendy-3“Magical.” That’s how Wendy Sopkovich described the first time she was able to hike Mystery Lake with her children and grandkids.

“To be able to go on these trails, now, it’s really special,” said Wendy. “My grandchildren are very excited that I’m able to join while they lay on their tummies and see the creatures in the pond.” Read more

Meeting Our Raptors

sky-walker2The Raptor Exhibit has quickly become one of the ways that visitors are first engaged when visiting the Center. The Exhibit is located just outside of the main building, and is an experience unique to visiting Schlitz Audubon. Since spring, through the Raptor Exhibit, children and adults have been able to develop a connection with Sky Walker, the Center’s resident Red-tailed Hawk. Visitors, Preschoolers, and school groups stop by to watch and wave and say, “Hi Sky Walker!” Read more

Growing Vital Habitats

conservationPeople come to Schlitz Audubon to experience our abundant wildlife, and one of the most treasured places to do so is Mystery Lake. Throughout the warm weather months, families visit to spot turtles surfacing and sunning, tadpoles swimming in the shallows, and water insects jetting about. In spring, birders scope the lake for both Blue and Green-winged Teal, Wood Ducks, and Solitary Sandpipers. Read more